Earlier this year, comet Atlas appeared to be a big event, but astronomers later discovered it was disintegrating,media CNET reported. But just as the hopeful space “snowball” disintegrated, comet Comet C/2020 F8 Swan was discovered at the end of March. Now, Comet Swan can fulfill the “commitment” of a rare night sky show that Comet Atlas failed to provide. Some astronomical observers can see it with the naked eye and telescopes.
Astronomer Con Stoitsis has said some predictions suggest the comet will continue to brighten up in the coming days. “It should be a ‘obvious’ target for the naked eye in mid-May,” he tweeted. “
The comet will be closest to Earth on May 13 and closest to the sun on May 27.
Tools such as SkyLive can help astronomy enthusiasts find Swan comets in the night sky. Of course, Swan Comet also has a Noteworthy Twitter account.
However, comets are notoriously “fickle” and, as Comet Atlas proves, Comet Swan could change from rapid lynistos to disintegrate and could disappear at any time.